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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 05/17/2010

Weekend box office: 'Iron Man' continues domination

By Jen Chaney

(Paramount Pictures)

Tony Stark -- he's just so much more charming than that dour, cash-distributing Robin Hood. At least that's what moviegoers seemed to think this weekend, as their support of "Iron Man 2" easily kept the Robert Downey, Jr. blockbuster in the No. 1 box office position, while Russell Crowe's "Robin Hood" was relegated to second-place status. Here are the significant dollar-sign details. (As always, figures are based on studio projections; final numbers release later today.)

Revenues for "Iron Man 2" fell more than 50 percent after last weekend's mammoth opener, which may not bode well for the comic book flick's staying power. But with a weekend gross of $53 million, bringing its North American total alone to more than $200 million, I doubt anyone at Marvel or Paramount studios is boo-hooing too much.

Speaking of boo-hooing, please, don't cry too hard for Russell Crowe. "Robin Hood" may not have opened on top in the States (it earned $37.1 million), but it fared better overseas, where it brought in $74 million, giving it a worldwide take that exceeds $100 million. (All that money, by the way? Totally going to the poor. Robin Hood would want it that way.)

It seems the two pieces of girlie counter-programming split their portion of the box office pie. Rom-com "Letters to Juliet" took in $13.7 million, while the Queen Latifah chick flick "Just Wright" tallied up $8.5 million. Meanwhile, last week's winning summer-blockbuster alternative, "Babies," fell out of the top 10 and amassed only a little more than $1 million this weekend. Maybe people are less motivated to look at adorable infants once Mother's Day is over.

Looking to next weekend, it seems fair to assume that "Shrek Forever After" will kick "Iron Man 2" out of its top spot. (Reviews thus far are not overly positive but with an established kid franchise like this one, it probably doesn't even matter. Look for the Post review late Thursday.) Or does "MacGruber" have a chance to win, before something totally blows up in his face? Vote below and let us know.

By Jen Chaney  | May 17, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
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Our usual babysitters (aka the grandparents) will be out of town this weekend, so we've already decided that we'll be going to see the new Shrek movie. We'll be that obnoxious family with a baby in tow (though he's already seen "How to Train Your Dragon" and was better behaved than most of the rest of the kids in the theater.).

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